Category Archives: Film Reviews

Film Club: Much Ado About Jeff’s Quiz

I saw Much Ado About Nothing yesterday, and it did not disappoint me. I think it was John who said that setting Shakespeare in contemporary times makes him nervous, but this nerdy Shakespeare-loving English major thought it worked. I’ll be interested to hear what John thinks when he sees it. Nathan Fillion stole the show, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a little in love with him. He was hilarious. A lot of the film was funny, funnier than I remember the play being. It made me want to go back and reread it, which I haven’t done … Read the rest

Film Club: I Finally Watched a Couple Movies

After many, many weeks of not going to the movies, I finally got to the theatre this weekend. Twice, even. I didn’t see great movies, but I’m doing the best I can with the films Hollywood has presented to me.

Here’s my report.

This Is the End
Jason and I went to see this on Friday night at the newly renovated Lowes in Webster, which now has recliners instead of normal seats, which was very comfortable and really, really weird. This might also be a way to describe This Is the End. In my head, Brandon went to see … Read the rest

The TV Club Formerly Known as Film Club

So this is what happened.

On the first leg of my flight out west back in March, I started writing a response to Brandon grading us on our quizzes (Remember that back in the olden days?), but then I got stuck overnight in Detroit, which goofed up the beginning of my trip and derailed all my bloggy plans. A quick note now: Brandon, I loved that you graded us on our posts, and you are so right that I also read Manohla Dargis in the NYT. I always forget things when I try to make lists. You guys are all … Read the rest

Film Club: Amour is Bullshit

“We have no control over anything large in life; only the small details are under our direct management. But even then, we lack any real authority.”
-Augusten Burroughs in This is How

Guys, we have some catching up to do.

Since I moved up the street from the Little, I go there to see a movie at least once a week, so I’ve seen a lot of movies. I got behind on blog reading (again–this may be endemic), but I caught up over the last few days, and now I want to talk about Amour.

Because, as this … Read the rest

Best Movies of 2012, Revised

Tiffany: You let me lie to you for a week?
Pat: I was trying to be romantic.
-Silver Linings Playbook

I told you this was how it was going to be, with the revising. It’s bye-bye Looper, hello Silver Linings Playbook.

1. Your Sister’s Sister
2. The Master
3. Brave
4. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Moonrise Kingdom
6. Finding Nemo 3D
7. Shut Up and Play the Hits
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
9. Django Unchained
10. Celeste and Jesse Forever

There’s a moment in Silver Linings Playbook when Jennifer Lawrence’s Tiffany tells Bradley Cooper’s Pat … Read the rest

Best Movies of 2012

I should really watch more 2012 releases before I make a list (and, per usual, I’m worried that I’m forgetting something I did see), but what the heck. Let’s call it a first draft.

1. Your Sister’s Sister
2. The Master
3. Brave
4. Moonrise Kingdom
5. Finding Nemo 3D
6. Shut Up and Play the Hits
7. Beasts of the Southern Wild
8. Django Unchained
9. Celeste and Jesse Forever
10. Looper

I thought I hadn’t written about Your Sister’s Sister, but it seems I did. That film edges out The Master for me, which is saying something. … Read the rest

Strangers on a Train: The Best Carousel Ride Ever

I feel like I must have gotten the idea to watch Strangers on a Train from someone in Film Club, but it could have been from an article or something. I don’t remember. Anyway, I was surprised to find that this film didn’t suck me in from the start. The main character, Guy, is the problem. He’s bland, and Farley Granger plays him so woodenly that it’s hard to pay attention to him or care what happens to him. Robert Walker completely outshines Granger with his portrayal of bat-shit crazy Bruno, but Bruno isn’t enough to carry the film because … Read the rest

“When You Need a Friend, Don’t Look to a Stranger”

One of our traditions is that we always watch a movie either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The last few years, we’ve watched Elf, which is why it got a place on my Best Films of the Aughts list. Truly, though, I’ve seen enough Elf and so asked if we could please, please watch something else, and Lucas asked if we could please, please watch Napoleon Dynamite, which we’ve been meaning to watch together for a while now.

Napoleon Dynamite is like ice skating with us adults: Ron and I LOVE it, and Tammy kind of … Read the rest

“Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”

Not All Who Wander Are LostThis thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.
-Gollum’s riddle in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Last night, I celebrated the end of the world by getting together with friends for dinner. They came here, and they brought dinner because while I am more settled by the day and finally cooking again, I’m mostly baking and actual meals are as spotty as my posts have been here the last couple weeks. I was at least together enough to have wine on … Read the rest

The Best Film of 2012 and The Best Films of the Aughts

Once again, Film Club has descended into the male members demonstrating their affection for one another through insults. Lisa popped in to contribute to our latest discussion, which I’ll be getting to way at the end of this post, and we had an even rarer visit from Tara. Lisa and Tara tried to interject sanity into Film Club, but, sadly, sanity is not what rules Film Club.

Before I get to the task everyone’s been harassing me about, I want to show you what I expect to be the number one film on every Film Club member’s Best of 2012 Read the rest